“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” C.S. Lewis

Books reviewed this month:
I tried to have a bit of a catch-up on Netgalley so there are a few e-Books this time. ;)

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Cowgirl by Giancarlo Gemin

Echo Boy by Matt Haig

Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell

Adaptation (Adaptation #1) by Malinda Lo

Keep the Faith (Faith #2) by Candy Harper*

Have a Little Faith (Faith #1) by Candy Harper

Smart by Kim Slater*

Unleashing Mr. Darcy by Teri Wilson*

Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski*

Finding It by Cora Carmack*

Third Degree by Julie Cross*

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis

The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler

Gold Rush by Jordan Lynde*

Emily and the Strangers #1 by Mariah Huehner, Rob Reger & Emily Ivie*

Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan*

Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens by Julie Mata*

Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner*

The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel*

The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera*

Murder Most Unladylike (Wells and Wong #1) by Robin Stevens*

Sweet Damage by Rebecca James

Squishy McFluff: The Invisible Cat! by Pip Jones

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Dead Silent by Sharon Jones

Say Her Name by James Dawson

 

*eBooks

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17350491How did I get the book?
I bought it.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Synopsis: Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. True, there were no other recorded female survivors from the shipwreck which left baby Sophie floating in the English Channel in a cello case, but Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help. Her guardian tells her it is almost impossible that her mother is still alive, but that means still possible. You should never ignore a possible. So when the Welfare Agency writes to her guardian threatening to send Sophie to an orphanage, she takes matters into her own hands and flees to Paris to look for her mother, starting with the only clue she has – the address of the cello maker. Evading the French authorities, she meets Matteo and his network of rooftoppers – urchins who live in the sky. Together they scour the city for Sophie’s mother before she is caught and sent back to London, and most importantly before she loses hope.

200words (or less) review: This is one of those books that whenever I confessed to not having read it I would get a look of disbelieve, followed inevitably by the words “but you must”. Having now read it, I can see why.

Rooftoppers is a wonderful, truly beautiful written story about not given up on ‘a possible’. Even when adults say it is not possible, because let’s face it adults don’t know everything. Apart from the story, which I’ll gush about in a moment, I loved Katherine Rundell’s writing. It’s ideal for reading aloud, if you were so inclined but also for reading to yourself and makes the Sophie’s world come alive around you.

After the disastrous assessment from the Welfare Agency, Sophie and Charles (her guardian) travel to Paris in search of Sophie’s mother. I thought Charles was wonderful as where Matteo and the other friends Sophie makes. The story is well paced and excited and the ending is lovely.

I’m very sorry it took me so long to read Rooftoppers but I have and yes everyone you’re right, it’s a must.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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cover44559-mediumHow did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: Science Fiction

Synopsis: Flocks of birds are hurling themselves at aeroplanes across America. Thousands of people die. Millions are stranded. Everyone knows the world will never be the same.

On Reese’s long drive home, along a stretch of empty highway at night, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened.

For Reese, though, this is just the start. She can’t remember anything from the time between her accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: she’s different now. Torn between longtime crush David and new girl Amber, the real question is: who can she trust?

200words (or less) review: The first thing I looked up after finishing Adaptation was when the sequel was out. Inheritance (Adaptation #2) is published in the UK in September 2014, phew!

The book begins with a bang, after the planes are grounded David, Reese and their teacher attempt to drive back home. The journey is dangerous, people are panicking and news is conflicting. After the crash Amber and David wake up in a military hospital and are sent home with strict instructions not to talk about what happened to them.

At this point the pacing of the story slows a little but you really get to know Reese. Adaptation is as much about the mystery of the birds bringing down planes as it is about Reese and the people around her. I liked Amber, I was invested in that relationship the moment she crashed into Reese’s life (sorry David!).

As you near the end of Adaptation everything goes into high gear, so don’t make my mistake and read it during your lunch-break because you’ll hate having to but Adaptation down.

Since Ash* I’ve been wanting to read more from Malinda Lo and ohh wow, how happy I am with Adaptation! :) Bring on Inheritance!

Recommend it?

Absolutely

*Pre-blog days; so let me just say “wonderful” and “read it”.

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Stacking the Shelves #62

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. It’s a chance to show what books you’ve added to your library in the past 7 days. These can be bought books, borrowed, review copies, any which way they come to you.

ChrissiReads & BiblioBeth came to visit me last weekend and we went book shopping, mostly at StorytellersInc. I saved up all my birthday money and vouchers so it’s not as bad as it looks… I think.

From StorytellersInc:

Writing in the Sand by Helen Brandom
Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery by Keren David
Shadows by Robin McKinley
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell
Angels Next Door by Karen McCombie
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson
The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce
A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke

Also:

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Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Boys for Beginners by Lil Chase
Diary of a Parent Trainer by Jenny Smith
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Mother, Mother by Koren Zailckas

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cover44959-mediumHow did I get the book? Netgalley, thank you Simon & Schuster Children’s

Genre: Contemporary

Previously reviewed:
Have a Little Faith

Synopsis: Get ready for boy dilemmas, friendship dramas and madcap grannies – Faith is back!

Will Faith make up her mind between the gorgeous Finn and the lovely Ethan and manage to get herself a real-life boyfriend?
Will Mrs Cox finally get off her case and recognise Faith’s true genius?
Will Faith’s family learn how to be normal, non-embarrassing people?
Will Faith and her BFFs beat the world record for number of biscuits eaten in a minute?
All these questions and more will be answered in the hilarious next instalment of this brilliant new series from Candy Harper!

200words (or less) review: I started this immediately after finishing Have a Little Faith, something that I rarely do but Faith has secured herself a place in my heart. I adore this girl.

Keep the Faith picks up straight after the last book ended and I’m telling you now that when you get to the end of this one you want book 3. Which I’m hoping will come soon. (Maybe Candy Harper can be bribed? *ponders*).

Everything is still wonderful; writing, characters, humour, pacing, etc. One of the things that makes Faith so lovable that underneath her ‘persona’ she has a heart of gold – when it matters she puts her friends needs first.

I can’t remember the last time I read books in a series back to back, let alone on the same day but I had to.

Thank you Candy Harper, I thoroughly enjoyed this and please can we have the Faith #3 soon.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

Expected publication:
April 24th 2014 by Simon & Schuster UK

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FaithHow did I get the book? I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

Synopsis: Year Ten has just begun and I’m already in trouble. The way Miss Ramsbottom acts you’d think I’m always causing explosions or giving teachers’ radical haircuts (whereas it was just that one time). And now she’s separated me from my best friend, Megs, which means I have no one to give me a piggy back or check for dangly bogies. At least the school is trying to make amends by bussing in boys for our choir. So I can stare at Dreamy Finn until he realises I’m the girl for him… except he’s singing a duet with my sworn enemy and her big head keeps blocking my view. Fortunately, I’ve got a plan to solve both problems; as long as I’m careful with the squeezy cheese and the underage driving everything should be just fine…

200words (or less) review: This is definitely the book to brighten any gloomy day. Faith is vibrant, fun and maybe a little crazy but only in the best possible way.

The book is Faith’s diary and begins with her and Megs (best friend) being split up. If Faith behaves they might get reunited next term. The chances of that becomes less as the weeks pass, while Faith does try it’s not that easy being good, especially with Miss Ramsbottom.

Faith voice is brilliant, reading her story is just hours of fun that you don’t want to end. It’s not just Faith that I loved, her friends are just as good and the banter between her and Ethan is brilliant. All the pranks are they play on each other are hilarious.

I enjoyed Have a Little Faith a lot and finished it in one sitting, reading the sequel Keep the Faith straight afterwards.

Recommend it?

Absolutely

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THE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SEQUEL to WEIRDOS VS. QUIMBOIDS:

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Blossom and Petrina, school Weirdos, are on a (natural) high after their band Camel Toe shared the bill with International Rock God (unfortunately homosexual) Josh Raven. Now they have the chance to perform at a real festival when they enter Battle of the Bands. But they face competition from an unlikely source. And then Blossom meets Vince, lead singer of rival band Bumskulls and totally sexy MANCAKE. And supposedly loved-up Petrina has been spotted staring (dribbling) at the bass player…

In a churning whirlpool of love, sex and music, can the Weirdos keep their quest for musical domination on track?
Or is everything about to go norks up?

FUNNIER. WEIRDER. RUDER.
OUT MAY 2014!
£6.99 PB

You can read my review of Weirdos vs Quimboids HERE

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